ROAR’s first print issue will reflect on the organizational form and political imaginary of the commune. Subscribe now to receive your own copy!
N.B. Please note that Issue #1 has now been sent to the printer. It will soon be available as a back issue. Subscriptions now start at Issue #2 (scheduled for June).
In less than a month’s time, on March 18 — coinciding with the anniversary of the Paris Commune — we will launch the first print issue of ROAR Magazine, appropriately titled ‘Revive la Commune!’
In this issue, we will draw inspiration from both historical and contemporary examples of communes, urban uprisings and communalist movements across the globe, from Paris to Gwangju, Venezuela to Rojava.
Below, we share three short excerpts from a selection of the articles that will appear in Issue #1. If you haven’t subscribed to ROAR yet, now is your last chance before we send it off to the printer.
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Kristin Ross – Survival of the Paris Commune
The Paris Commune has always been an important point of reference for the left but what is new about today is in part the entire post-1989 political context and the collapse of state socialism, which took to the grave a whole political imaginary. In my book, the Paris Commune reemerges freed from that historiography, and offering a clear alternative to the centralism of the socialist state. At the same time the Commune has never, in my opinion, fit easily into the role that French national history tries to make it play as a kind of radical sequence in the establishment of the Republic. By liberating it from the two histories that have instrumentalized it, I was certain we would be able to perceive the Commune anew as a laboratory of political invention.
Dilar Dirik – Democracy without the State
Far more important than the exact mechanisms through which the popular will is expressed, is the meaning and impact of democratic autonomy on the people themselves. If I were to describe radical democracy, I would think especially of the working class people, the sometimes illiterate women in neighborhoods who decided to organize themselves in communes and who now make politics come to life. Children’s laughter and games, cackling chicken, scooting plastic chairs compose the melody for the stage in which decisions on electricity hours and neighborhood disputes are made.
Richard Pithouse – Decolonizing the Commune
[The South African shackdwellers’ movement] Abahlali baseMjondolo has, affirming what it has called “a politics of the poor”, disobeyed the various custodians of a “proper politics”, affirmed the value of an “out of order” politics and taken the situation, the strivings and the struggles of its members seriously. It has affirmed the city as a site of struggle and impoverished people seeking to occupy, hold and develop land in the city as subjects of struggle. It has constructed a political imagination in which the neighborhood is seen as the primary site for both organization, through direct face-to-face deliberation and democratic decision-making, and the broader practices that sustain resilience.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2016/02/26/roar-magazine-issue-1-coming-soon/